Best Ever Garlic Chicken

My husband doesn’t like garlic much. We all know that anyway garlic has a very strong taste, but apart from that, many people love GARLIC. They add it immensely in their dishes. And fresh garlic taste is unbeatable. We have tried garlic chicken in many restaurants, but somehow it never satisfied our taste buds. It would be way too garlicky, or no garlic at all. I was usually searching for chicken gravy recipes and came across this recipe. I made it for my husband’s lunch. And I couldn’t believe that it turned out amazing, which was my husband’s and his colleagues review. The double garlic in it and the ‘tadka’ (tempering) does all the magic.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 large red onions, chopped

95g garlic and ginger paste

2 large beef tomatoes, chopped

1 teaspoon hot chilli powder

1 good pinch salt

2 free range chicken breast fillets

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 finger chillies, chopped

5 to 6 curry leaves

1 large handful fresh coriander

DIRECTIONS

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or heavy bottomed pan and add the onions. Fry on a high heat until they start to burn, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger paste and fry until the oil separates, then add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chilli powder (use mild if you would prefer less heat) and a good pinch of salt followed by the chicken breast and cook and stir for 7 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the centre. Remove from the heat and let rest. Warm the remaining oil in a separate pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped garlic, garam masala, ground cumin, chopped finger chillies and curry leaves and cook for several minutes and temper the oil until the garlic is golden brown, take care not to blacken the garlic. Pour the tempered oil and all ingredients into the cooked curry. Tear the coriander and scatter over the top. Serve immediately.

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Here goes the list :-

1. NIVEA AFTERSHAVE BALM (SENSITIVE)

I know I know, it’s for men. But believe me ladies, this thing works wonders on your skin. It’s a very thin liquid and moisturizes amazingly. And not to forget, the smell is to die for. I love the aqua smell. I have very sensitive skin which reacts immediately to anything that doesn’t suit. But this balm was accepted happily. I have tried applying it on my eyebrows as well and the product lasts well. Just make sure to give it few minutes to be absorbed by your skin and you’re good to go. And it claims ‘NO BURNING’.

2. BIO OIL

I started using this product during my pregnancy for stretch marks. It helped me a lot to control my stretch marks and moisturize my skin. I searched online other uses of boi oil and I found that it can be used as a makeup base. I applied makeup and it blended so smoothly. No streaks. And it doesn’t give that oily look on your face. Makeup lasts for a good 3-4 hours. I wouldn’t recommend using it near your eye area as my eyes burn a little with the smell. So please be careful.

3. VASELINE (ALOE VERA)

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Do try these products and let me know if you like any of them in the comments below.

Makeup Wishlist no. 1

Hello

I have gone so deeply into makeup in this year, that I think about makeup for almost 12 hours in a day. The question is “what to buy next” ? I just can’t control myself when it comes to buying makeup. Though I am not a high end brand person, but I would still love to own some, soon! And there are so many brands out there. That whole table filled with makeup and palettes looks so gorgeous *dreaming*. Well let’s get back to reality. So there are a few makeup products that I have been craving since long. Like really long.

1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

I was always so afraid to try shimmer eyeshadows as I have hooded eyes. And there are so many tips as well saying not to apply shimmer to hooded eyes. But I tried once and it changed the whole look. Matte is good, but it definitely doesn’t give the vibrant look. And this palette looks so beautiful especially the shimmer shades. I have used the rose gold palette and I love it. Best part is, you can create endless looks in such a small palette. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

2. Tarte Shape tape concealer

Reminds me of those blueberry cheese tarts that a close friend of mine had made. How pretty are these concealers? If you want to hide those under eye bags, then this is it. It’s every makeup artists best friend. Bit pricey for the quantity but, I have to have it anyhow.

3. Morphe – Set 901 The Gilded Set

I love to own brushes. Especially eye brushes. I have used the real Techniques brushes only so far, and they are of amazing quality. But we all know that morphe is one of the best brands for its brushes. They have a brush set for everyone – beginners, pros, travelers, eye makeup lovers, extreme contouring and many more. This set is for all. I’ve heard from many reviewers that if you have this set, you don’t need any other brush. Seems to be true.

4. Fenty Beauty Foundation

If I had to rate this foundation without using it, I’d give it a 10/10 just for the packaging. That frosted, dreamy, elegant look! Marvelous. And marvelous are its reviews. Internet says – it’s medium – full coverage but very lightweight. Now isn’t that every girls wish? I wish I get it in my cart soon.

Let me know if you guys have used any of these products in the comment section below.

Love,

Alefiya

Mashed Potato Patties

Hello.

I think I’ve never thought so much about food until I had a child. He’s 16 months old and the biggest question is ‘what to make for lunch / dinner?’ And he is a picky eater (I shouldn’t be complaining). He likes what he likes. What he likes today is not going to be the same the next day. I have to make new varieties for him and thats when I came across this. I had never tried it before and wanted to see if B likes it. I did get a positive response and hopefully I will make it again.

This picture has not been clicked by me.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups mashed potatoes

ΒΌ cup parmesan cheese

1 egg, whisked

7 Tbl. all-purpose flour, divided

butter or oil, for pan-searing

Coriander leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place mashed potatoes, cheese, egg, coriander leaves and 3 Tbl. flour in a bowl and stir to combine.

Take a scoop of the potato mixture and form into patties.*

Place the remaining 4 Tbl. of flour on a plate.

Lightly coat the potato patties in the flour.

Heat a thin layer of the oil or butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.

Cook the potato cakes for 3 minutes on each side for a total of 6 minutes.

Serve as is or with accompaniments.

Tip :- Make small patties to avoid them from breaking in the center.